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Posted by bobrocks on 2015-08-27 00:23. 3 comments. 125 reads
 
I'm a 64 year old male. I have an AV block with a dual lead PM. Was diagnosed with low ejection fraction and was told I might need a third lead. Does that make sense?

Posted by Erikac on 2015-08-23 21:56. 3 comments. 166 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker placed in RA. And RV on August 20th for complete heart lock. I am 100% paced . But. This morning I woke with a headache , took my B/P and it is dangerously high. I belong to Kaiser permanente . I saw on the post that this not unusual. I have had normal B/P prior the implant and hope will not need pills for life . Since this Sunday will wait till tomorrow when the pacemaker clinic opens. Or do you feel I need to go to the Er.

Posted by jwbarber on 2015-08-20 16:17. 3 comments. 229 reads
 
Tomorrow will be 6 weeks with my pacemaker. I'm 56 years old and never have been so weak in my life.

Posted by jam1619 on 2015-08-20 03:53. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in May 2015. Since then one area is VERY sensitive to touch. It even hurts just to rest my finger on it with no pressure.
I have told my Dr. several times and he is not taking me seriously. The last visit he told me to "suck it up"
I haven't had many surgeries and I have a pretty high pain tolerance but I know something isn't right.
Any ides would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Judy

Posted by jwbarber on 2015-08-18 15:49. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Going on 6 weeks with my pacemaker. I'm having SOB and with a dry cough. Every time I do a little more I have both then I get dizzy. Back to the Dr. tomorrow needing this to stop.

Posted by Magpie on 2015-08-16 20:58. 1 comments. 138 reads
 
I had a pacemaker installed a year ago. I was diagnosis with low heart rate. While at hospital my heart stopped for 2 minutes while asleep. My on going issue has been that my pacemaker is activating at different times during and after exercise. It is only supposed to come on at 45 bpm during the day and 40 at night. I should mention while I am 55 I also am very fit and have always had a resting heart rate in the low 50'S. I seems the doctors dont have a way a only controling my resting heart rate. has anyone had a similar situation and was it fixed?

Posted by Magpie on 2015-08-16 20:53. 2 comments. 114 reads
 
I had a pacemaker installed a year ago. I was diagnosis with low heart rate. While at hospital my heart stopped for 2 minutes while asleep. My on going issue has been that my pacemaker is activating at different times during and after exercise. It is only supposed to come on at 45 bpm during the day and 40 at night. I should mention while I am 55 I also am very fit and have always had a resting heart rate in the low 50'S. I seems the doctors dont have a way a only controling my resting heart rate. has anyone had a similar situation and was it fixed?

Posted by steveh on 2015-08-15 15:57. 0 comments. 69 reads
 
I have had a CRT-d since Feb. 12,2015. everything went fine but now i am having excessive ring in my ears, not be able to sleep very much and panic attacks at night only. has any body else had these similar problems.

Posted by glenn.cakemaster@gmail.com on 2015-08-15 01:02. 0 comments. 97 reads
 
My injection fraction was 26 12 months ago. I had my crt-d installed on May 26.
I am 65. I work 5 days a week at my wholesale bakery. I feel good. I play tennis 3 or 4 times a week with strong 20-35 year old players and people are shocked when I tell them of my pacemaker.
I just had another echo this past Monday. I got a call from my cardiologist yesterday. She told me my injection fraction had gotten worst. It is now 21.
She said she was going to call my Electrophysioligist to do an optimization in the cath lab .
It came as a shock, but I am dealing with it.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Thanks,
Glenn


Posted by gayla on 2015-08-14 01:21. 5 comments. 151 reads
 
hi all. I just got my pacemaker six days ago for a heart block. I work at home in front of a computer so I have gone back to work yesterday. But I can say one thing I noticed is my heart rate is running now in the 80's to upper 90's. I am feeling this with feeling dizzy and just fatigue. My rate is set at 60 and is single lead. My heart issue has always been SVT and have had an ablation a few years ago. I guess my question is if these symptoms are normal while your heart is adjusting to the lead within your heart. And is so how long it might take to get through this?

Posted by lynn7777 on 2015-08-10 02:59. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
Hi! Has anyone experienced Afib after a double pace maker procedure?

Posted by jerrys111 on 2015-08-09 18:48. 3 comments. 158 reads
 
I had a PM implanted in late December, 2014. In May, 2015 I experienced my first ever bout with AFib. Now I have had two more bouts in July. It seems to start at night when I roll over on my left side. I have felt something like a shock from the PM and the data on the PM shows that is exactly when I went into AFib. It seems to me that the PM is causing the AFib. My doctor says there is no correlation between the PM and the AFib, but I feel the "coincidence" is much too strong to ignore. Has anyone else every experienced this?

Jerrys111.

Posted by Naomi on 2015-08-09 14:31. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
Hello Again Everybody!

Just have a few questions and concerns! Had extreme pain in the right arm from my fingers up into my neck, jaw, and ear/head. Could not use the arm due to pain and weakness, the only explanation is some type of vascular seizures, however, with the anti-seizure meds the pain in my chest that had come back is gone. Has anyone else experienced this? My pm was put in in May of this year along with a stent. It hurt so bad it took my breathe away!
Being a woman I know we do not always present with the same symptoms as a man for heart failure, so that's why I went to the ER, all the test came back normal. When do we stop feeling scared when chest pain or other heart related symptoms appear?

Than...


Posted by hilowell on 2015-08-08 18:39. 3 comments. 117 reads
 
This is my fourth time going into atrial flutter! I've had 3 cardioversions and it has not been working so instead I'm going to have a catheter ablation in order to try get rid of the flutter! I can definitely feel the diffrence from not having the flutter and having it. Compared to before I had more energy and more awake. Now being in Atrial flutter it feels as if I've been more tired. I'm not sure if thats a side effect of having atrial flutter ,but something is making me really tired lately.
I'm also currently on Sotolol and Warfarin.
Wish me luck! I hope the catheter ablation goes smoothly! I will be getting the sometime this month and I will post how it goes after!


Posted by hmfastow on 2015-08-08 01:15. 1 comments. 104 reads
 
Has anyone had complications with this device. It has been almost several months and I am having breathing issues as well as fatigue. I do have COPD but since the having the device installed my breathing condition has gotten progressively worse. Before the getting the device I was golfing without oxygen and now I am on it constantly. I have had two device adjustments and my cardiologist has told me that there is nothing else they can do.

Posted by MarkLeaG on 2015-08-07 00:00. 6 comments. 202 reads
 
My daughter is 14 and received her first pacemaker for complete heart block at 13 years old. (2 years ago). Her pacemaker is currently set at 50bpm and it shows that her Vpacing is 100%. she has been experiencing "episodes" where the left side of her body will go numb, then a severe headache, passing out, chest pain, tremors, etc. whenever she is really hot or exercising. Has anyone experienced this before? One dr said it is because her heart rate is staying so low even during exercise and refers us to her cardiologist who says "the pacemaker is working fine". Thoughts? Suggestions? It is very frustrating for her and Dad and I.

Posted by jeffduck on 2015-08-06 14:32. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
I've had sleep problems since my first pacemaker about 9 years ago. Since then I've had to take various meds for sleep and also started testosterone therapy.

About 2 months ago, I started having high BP in the evening and continuing through mid-morning, but it was very inconsistent. My EP said my sinus node is regenerating.

About 2 weeks ago, I just stopped sleeping - regardless of sleep meds. What's really odd though is that now, shortly after I go home and start relaxing my heart rate goes up to about 80-90 bpm. Although I've had sleep problems for years, I assume this is frosting on the cake and makes it even harder to sleep.

Does anyone have any insight into why my heart rate and/or BP would go up when ...


Posted by Jacquelee72 on 2015-08-05 03:33. 2 comments. 222 reads
 
I need help understanding this-
I had the 4th pacemaker placed in FEB of this year. (Wearing out the battery)
This time they placed it in my RIGHT arm pit.
I am right handed and very active. (Golf, tennis, shooting guns, tennis, wave runnier, waterski, run marathons, have two school aged kids at home and two infant grand babies just to name a few.
Well since February, my device has migrated (not to mention bothered me) slightly out of its pocket..
I can't for the life of me figure out where it thinks it's trying to migrate too?? The tugging it's putting on the wires that cross over my right front chest (just below the collar bone) has made the wires raise to almost surfacing.
What the heck..
...


Posted by gaman on 2015-08-05 00:09. 0 comments. 87 reads
 
It's been nearly 8 months since my tricuspid valve was repaired (11/20/14)........so far, I've done pretty good but it's been a bit bumpy. Had an atrial ablation in January of this year for aflutter and eventually had to get a dual chamber pacemaker in April (coronary sinus lead to stimulate left ventricle in lieu of lead thru repaired tricuspid valve). I had an echocardiogram done last week and now my left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) is down about 10-15 points from a couple of echos with a LVEF of 55% done early this year ie: current LVEF of 40-45%. Anybody run into anything remotely similar regarding followup testing after valve repair and a pacemaker or after just a pacemaker install?

Posted by islandboy on 2015-07-31 17:20. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
Have had pacemaker( Medtronic) going on 2 years now and I always thought it worked well. My question is, am I supposed to feel it add a beat If the heart rate falls too low. I find that if I exercise this seems to disappear. When the extra beat occurs I can feel a fluttering for a few seconds and then it's back to normal. I see my doc next week and will tell her about this. She will probably want to change my meds. It feels like the a fib I had that prompted the placement of the pm. I thought I was done with that but maybe not . Would appreciate your input.



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